Wigan 1-1 Arsenal (2-4 on penalties): player ratings

Wigan 1-1 Arsenal (2-4 on penalties): player ratings

Arsenal team celebrate beating Wigan
9.65

Fabianski

6.85

Sagna

6.84

Mertesacker

6.18

Vermaelen

4.87

Monreal

5.95

Arteta

6.57

Ramsey

5.81

Cazorla

7.69

Oxlade-Chamberlain

5.18

Podolski

5.72

Sanogo

10

Fabianski

6

Sagna

6

Mertesacker

6

Vermaelen

5

Monreal

6

Arteta

6

Ramsey

6

Cazorla

7

Oxlade-Chamberlain

5

Podolski

5

Sanogo

Ok, so it wasn’t much fun over the course of the 120 minutes, but we got there in the end and that’s basically all that matters (as the first post of the live blog today said).

Anyway, here’s how the players rated. Please note we are still in joyous with relief mode and essentially we want to enjoy the fact we’re in the final despite the fact we played like a bag of cat sick. Remember, you can leave your own ratings and comments too.

 

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21: Lukasz Fabianski

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He didn't have much to do in the game itself, but any keeper that saves two in a penalty shoot-out has played a massive part in getting you the win. Completely justified the manager's decision to play him.

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3: Bacary Sagna

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Untroubled, for the most part, and put in some very good balls from the right hand side.

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4: Per Mertesacker

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Very guilty indeed for the penalty which put Wigan ahead, but showed he's a BFG with some real MS (Mental Strength) to get the equaliser.

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5: Thomas Vermaelen

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Burned by McManaman in the first half, but late in the game won some important tackles.

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18: Nacho Monreal

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Didn't do much wrong, but it was notable how much we improved with Gibbs in the side. Left the field on a stretcher and with our injury problems we could do without losing another player.

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8: Mikel Arteta

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Complaints about him passing sideways have some merit but a lot of that is down to the fact there was just no movement ahead of him. Defensively solid today, cold as ice penalty too.

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16: Aaron Ramsey

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Had some lovely moments but by midway through the second half looked like a player who was just back from injury. Lack of options meant we had to keep him on though.

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19: Santi Cazorla

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It'd be good to see the Santi of last season, but when called upon to put us through he stepped up and did the job.

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15: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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The brightest spark in the Arsenal side, but for all that he did well, he must have lost the ball about 5 or 6 times in the second half/extra-time. He was obviously knackered though.

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9: Lukas Podolski

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His substitution was greeted by boos, but in reality the German was utterly peripheral all game. Looked a yard off the pace all day.

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22: Yaya Sanogo

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I don't think it's fair to criticise a player who tries his best but is, ultimately, out of his depth. That's what we've got here. If there's criticism it should be leveled at the manager whose failure to improve his striking options led to Sanogo starting today.

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3: Kieran Gibbs

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Made a big difference when he came on, almost scored a very good goal too, and added some real drive to the left hand side.

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12: Olivier Giroud

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I would beat him in a race and I'm old and knackered and I have a bad back, but he tucked away his penalty very nicely indeed.

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29: Kim Kallstrom

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He looks gigantic amongst our tiny team and he's not really. A lot of pressure on a loan signing but he delivered when we needed him.

Bonus rating: 10/10 - Getting to the cup final. Yes, you can criticise the performance and everything else, but don't forget to enjoy that bit. It's the most important part of it all.

154 COMMENTS

  1. Fucking come one! So happy, so tired. Great effort in the end from the players, even if they were mostly lacklustre. There’s going to need to be some rotation for Tuesday no doubt!

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      • If we let Fabianski go at the end of the season, we need a kick in our collective nuts!
        I personally think he should be our number one, SZCZ is good, but I just think Fab is better.
        Even if he isn’t, at least pay him silly money to sit on the bench!

        Saved the first 2 pens in a shootout, like a fucking boss!!!!

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    • 10/10 Arsene’s career with Arsenal was 10min away from being over, tanx to the guys for stepping up to save the boss.

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  2. Gibbs and Giroud both changed the match when they came on. I have a feeling Oli’s contribution today will be overlooked, like much of the good stuff he does often is. He gave us a whole new dimension, and Wenger made the right substitution.

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    • I’m not convinced Giroud did much that was that good or bad to be honest,
      I think we need to plug him in and recharge him for a few weeks (in a monastery perhaps).

      Gibbs was awesomesauce though

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    • I think the fact that we had two strikers on the pitch at the same time made us more dangerous, but Giroud certainly put the work in once he came on.

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      • He certainly holds up play better than Sanogo, which is what we needed in the buslot of wigan players. And by what we needed I mean, the most viable fix to the immediate situation. And since he contributed defensively with some good headers I can’t really complain. That one breakaway though with Ramsey, he really should’ve taken a touch there… that should’ve been a goal.

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      • You’re opinion can be wrong. In my opinion 1+1=1 so therefore I’m wrong.

        However you are always entitled to your own opinion.

        Player ratings are subjective unlike, 1+1 though. So opinions should differ without anyone being right or wrong. In my opinion.

        Fuck it we won. What pisses me off more than giving a player a rating of 5/6/7; are other fans saying the better team lost! In my opinion, and when looking at the stats, the better team went through!

        We were the most under performing team no-doubt, but we were not outplayed.

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        • Don’t know about a proof that 1 + 1 = 1, but here’s a proof that 1 = 2.

          Start with an equality: x = y
          Multiply both sides by y: xy = y^2
          Subtract x^2 from both sides: xy – x^2 = y^2 – x^2
          Factor both sides: x(y – x) = (y + x)(y – x)
          Remove common factor from both sides: x = y + x
          Remember x = y: x = x + x
          And …: x = 2x
          So …: 1 = 2

          Obviously 1 does not equal 2. Who can spot the obvious flaw in the “proof”?

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        • I never realised John Terry thumbed downed on this message board!

          But I think that cunt is the exception that proves the rule, everyone is entitled to an opinion – apart from that exceptional cunt.

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    • I think a 5 is about right. He gets high points for effort, but loses some for profligacy.

      That said, I’m excited about him. He gets in all the right positions, and makes chances for himself. He also shoots.

      I can remember us moaning about Ramsey doing much the same thing before this season. He was always in good scoring positions, but wasn’t putting them away. Once he started, though, he couldn’t stop.

      Think Sanogo could be quite a striker. Can always hope.

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      • I thought Sanogo did as well as Giroud, and for 120 minutes, too. I’ll be interested to see how many shots we had on target, and how many of those were by Sanogo. Though I admit he missed a few too, and his touch can be wayward at times. He’s a bit like a young lamb still learning to control his legs — when he gets them sorted out, he may be really quite good. I hope he makes it.

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      • Game time and getting off the Mark will do him some good. Shows a lot of promise in that he does seem to know where to be.

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      • well said! very unfair to give sanogo a 5 when he battled manfully all day, held the ball up well, linked up well with the guys around him and consistently got himself into good goalscoring positions. yeah, he snatched at his chances and needs to add goals to his game but for me he’s got huge potential and is a bit more dynamic than giroud. go yaya!

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    • I don’t understand the Sanogo rating either.

      He worked hard, made good runs, probably had more attempts at goal than anyone else, and he was involved in our equalizer. But somehow he gets a 5… Implying that he was as bad or ineffective as Podolski.

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    • Sanogo tried so damn hard that I don’t even care that he was pony. I like him. He’s got the right attitude to make it someday.

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      • And he did really well for the first goal, controlling the ball and getting it to Ox (or was it Gibbs?)

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      • Yes he tried his all. But whatever opposition we play in the final, for me Giroud all the way.

        Fabianski has earned his place whether there was a pre season agreement or not, Sanago has shown he tries a hell of a lot; but I wanna win.

        Sanogo will hopefully have many more opportunities to win trophies at Arsenal. But he should not start next time round.

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      • I just think Sanogo needs a goal, once he gets that I can see him kicking on from there. I thought he played very well yesterday and was prepared to run in behind the Wigan defence and i thought his hold up play wasn’t too bad but could do with some work.

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    • Does anyone remember how bad Drogba looked in his first few games for Chelsea? As long as Sanogo’s working hard and getting into the right positions, the goals will start to flood in.

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      • Well, I never would have imagined anyone would manage to get a 70s Argent song in to the comments here! (or were you thinking of the Kiss cover version?) “Hold Your head up (Gooners)”? Wonder if I could do the same with anything from ‘Yes’?

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  3. Sanogo is incredibly raw but has potential to be great… Interesting to see what will happen next season *if* we do bring in one or 2 strikers… But enough of that, Fabianski is a LEGEND!!!

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  4. Perfect 10 for Fabianski (as for that adventurous jaunt in the second half, he was just stretching his legs!) Credit to Sanogo, he put in a good effort and while technically he’s not there yet, he looks promising. Also, playing Giroud alongside him up front brought a whole new look to the team. They actually looked dangerous with two targets to aim for. Excellent game for Ox as well.

    Also Kim K still faceless, but at least he’s not Ryo this week.

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  5. If you had asked Man City whether they would have taken a win in a shootout they would say yes. Tired of all this critics saying we sneaked through against a lowly Championship team. 9 out of 11 for Wigan were playing in the cup final last year, and they put up a performance today worthy of a cup semifinal: resilient and tough to breakdown.

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    • and that my friend is exactly the point. Wigan are a class act and Rosler is a very underrated manager imo. In a couple of days time nobody’s going to give a rat’s ass how we got to the final. OK this time the strikers didn’t score in normal time but with our BFG and Fab doing the business……legends
      What counts? We’re in the final. end of story. COYG

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      • lol…why would i be pissed at wenger winning the cup? that’s the dream for everyone associated with this amazing club! I absolutely love and adore him….i love some of his principles, his demeanor, class, charm, intelligence….i can go on…. the fa cup is the least this wonderful visionary deserves…………however, for the club to move to the next level, we need a new manager and improved backroom staff (After we lift the FA CUP with wenger of course)

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  6. Bit harsh on Sanogo IMO. Yes he had some horrid touches and missed a few chances but he also drew two good saves from their keeper and was looking to get into good positions. Can’t really complain when a player gives his everything.

    Ox, Fab top drawer today.
    Gibbs very good.
    Mert, Sagna, Arteta (yes he passed sideways A LOT but he did his DM job very well) good.
    Ramsey (coming back from injury), Verm, Sanogo, Giroud, Kallstrom positive.
    Monreal average
    Santi (penalty aside), Poldi below average.

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  7. That young fella of the Ozils would have destroyed wigan. Not to mention that walcott fella. Does everyone forget that the injuries we have would cripple any team. Oh, by the fucking way we are in the cup final. Fuck the haters

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    • I disagree regardless of whether or not Fab leaves in the summer he deserves to start in the final; he’s been a huge part of getting us there, it’d be shitty to bench him for the big event just because he’s not our number one.

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      • Yeah I get that part where he’s earned his right to play but I’m thinking along the lines of Alex Hleb in Paris. Wenger sacrificed Bobby of all people instead of Hleb (a decision Wenger has admitted to regretting) after Lehmann went off. And how does the git repay us? Moving to Barcelona 2 seasons later. I’m thinking these sort of chances should be given to those who will be with us in the long run or those who’ve proven their loyalty with us. If Bobby stayed on I honestly think we could’ve done more. Why develop someone by giving them opportunities in big games only for them to leave? Makes little sense.

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  9. If Sanogo can sort out his finishing, he could turn out to be quite an asset. There’s definitely some quality in the lad.

    I’m not sure if I’m worried or excited about the final, we all know it won’t be straight forward!! As unfortunately doing things the hard way, is the only way we know

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    • Yaya Sanogo = big physical presence / good header of the ball / decent hold-up play… PLUS he has the pace to outrun defenders. Somebody please rub some Dutch God essence on him to sort out his FIRST TOUCH.

      Loved that 4-4-2 thing, hadn’t seen it in ages. Wouldn’t mind seeing Theo Walcott as part of a 2-striker formation from time-to-time next year.

      If this 4-4-2 thing works we might not even need to buy a striker in the summer (ie the Aguero/Suarez type which we really need might not be available). Theo could go up front and Gnabry/Ox could take charge of the right wing.

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      • Agree with some stuff, such as 4-4-2, but we need TWO world class strikers in the summer and we need to get rid of the deadwood.

        Podolski is poor most of the time. He needs to go. Giroud needs to go and impersonate a lamppost in the French league somewhere. I think Cazorla is coming up to his last season next season. He has been quite poor this season in all honesty. Arteta needs to go.

        We need to bring in:

        Draxler
        A DM
        Diego Costa
        Jackson Martinez
        A RB
        A CB

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    • I agree, if one of those better chances he had today had gone in, then I think he might have got another . . . I am thinking of the one in the first half where he just failed to stretch his leg dfar enough to graze his studs on the ball, on a cross in the six-yard box.

      If he had skimmed that one in, then he might have had more confidence to gamble for a similar chance to the one at the end of the second half when the ball missed Giroud and landed a yard away from him a yard from goal.
      A little more confidence and fuelled by a goal fever from earlier in the game and he might have got a second instead of none . . .

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      • I really do not want to jinx it, but he does look like he has everything Giroud has in his toolbox + pace.

        That said, a 22 year old signed on a free being an improvement to the current first choice striker tells its own story.

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        • I still see some considerable potential in Sanogo, so wouldn’t be too harsh on someone who hasn’t had too many opportunities, and will surely improve with experience. He drove me nuts at times, but he was trying.

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        • I know Giroud can be frustrating but that’s a ridiculous statement- he’s stronger, has better ball control and technique, and is a better finisher.

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    • Marked down for going way out of his area and getting nowhere near the ball in the second half I expect. Two excellent pelanty saves though.

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  10. Fabianski is leaving yet he shows the heart of a ture gooner gotta respect the lad. Good game.

    Back Four was decent for the most part. The difference between monreal and gibbs was there for all to see.

    Arteta was Arteta.

    Ox and Rambo were bright most of what was positive came form them but they still lack match fitness, all things considered they had good games.

    Podolski was shite and his ability to finish hides the fact that he does absolutely nothing every game..BUT he is not a wide player and its wengers decision to play an out and out striker wide is baffling.

    Cazorla was a disgrace up until he stuck his pen away. To come out with what he said this week and then perform like that is shocking.

    I thought Sanogo was very good except when he got into the box. His finishing and composure was poor but he stretched Wigan at times held it up and he works hard. But like blogs said he should not even be playing yet and that fault lies with the manager. The fact that he had alot of oppurtunities is a good sign, he was involved alot and he created some of our best chances. Needs extensive work on his finishing and he could become a valuable player in years to come.

    Giroud made an impact. Shows what two strikers can do, imagine if they were world class. (crying as i remember the days of Henry and Bergkamp)

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  11. As stated before – Källström is my second favourite player for the national team of Sweden (after national icon/treasure Zlatan).
    He has always been critised for not becoming the player people thought he would become after emerging as a super talent at Djurgården (his nick-name being Kongo Kim as the last time they won the league before he joined them, they had two Kongolese players who led them to triumph).
    Because of this, it makes me so happy to see him fighting every second he’s on the pitch. Despite criticism and never really being a guaranteed starter for Sweden, he has NEVER complained and always delivered when called upon, making 100+ caps for his country in the process (his freekick against Holland in the 2010 WCL Qualifiers is a prime example of performing under pressure).
    He is not the player we need, but he is the player we deserve. Utterly loyal and a good person – I recommend you check out the articles about him when he supported a mentally challenged mascot before an international game, if you haven’t already.
    The last time we won the cup we had a Swedish international in our ranks. It would be poetic if that was the case again – and no one deserves a chance at glory like Kim Källström. I love that man.

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    • I loved the way he came on as if he had played for us week in week out. Stepped up took and scored a great pen no fuss.

      I can’t admit to knowing too much of him prior to Jan, but very happy to have him as a strong option in an already strong midfield.

      Midfield Tick, now please tick the other boxes AFC.

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    • It is funny, when he was at Lyon (back when they were regulars in CL) it was the same, the player to be most doubted / lambasted in the press, yet he ended up with the most minutes played season after season… And OL kept being in the CL season after season.

      This is/was a quality piece of business – I am sure most Arsenal fans will think so at the end of the season.

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  12. My first actual thought after Santi scored (after the incoherent jubilation) was ” I hope blogs give Fab a 10″ :)

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    • Just the opposite of how we are reacting now. That’s a part of being a fan. We were dire but that doesn’t take away the thrill of victory.
      Critical analysis (And who we are going to play against Big Sam) can wait till the cold light of the day. Right now just enjoy a (howsoever scrappy win).

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    • It is an interesting question – My guess would be that a loss in the game today would have meant the end of Wenger’s reign…

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  13. Sanogo, sure, he’s not the most elegant player and is liable to injure someone with those sharp elbows and knees but I like him.

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  14. No criticism here, Wigan beat City last time out, in the cup. We have just beaten Wigan (heh – only just !) . So, by that logic, we should beat City next time we play them.

    What is not to be happy about ?

    COYG !

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  15. Really happy to be in the final, obviously. But cannot help but feel somewhat disappointed and concerned.

    That it came to a penalty shoot out, and that our performance was at the level it was today, is really a terrible sign in my view. I’ve not been one to moan about Wenger and have always felt he is the right man for Arsenal, but this has changed in the recent month or so, and today did nothing to change that.

    No matter the explanation, it all falls back on him:
    1) Our players were not up for it – manager’s fault and a terrible thing if he is unable to motivate his players

    2) We have sooo many injuries – manager’s fault either due to poor personel for treatment of injuries, wrong training methods, or not using the resources available to create a large enough squad. And no, we are not “just unlucky” with injuries, when this happens every single year.

    3) We only have O.G. as striker – manager’s fault for not signing one when possible. And if there are excuses that the staff is failing to do their job in finding/securing the signings, well then guess who makes the decision on who is in those jobs – the manager (maybe not in all clubs, but certainly in the case of AFC and AW.)

    I really want to be happy about this, but that feeling is just overshadowed by another confirmation that something needs to dramatically change at this club. And as much as AW has done, which can never be underestimated, I am increasingly left with the feeling that the change needed is in the manager position.

    Hope AW proves me wrong, wins the FA cup, gets in the CL and actually mounts a PL challenge next season…. I just doubt the latter will happen before he has stepped back.

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  16. Jesus what a match. I don’t see it going to penalties as a lack of our own quality (though we know we can play better than we did today on our day) – that is simply nature of Cup games. Ask City.

    Think Blogs got it spot on – Fab didn’t have much to do, but as he has done several times this season, stepped up when he really needed to. Really wish he wasn’t leaving at the end of this season. Oxlade had a hell of a game as well, very positive moving forward, especially if he was carrying a knock.

    Got to say though, I’d give a bit more props to Ramsey. It was his first start back from a 3.5 month injury, FA Cup Semi Final no less, and played over 100 minutes. He played his fucking heart out and made some real positive contributions, and had it not been for Sanogo’s youth/inexperience, he would have notched an assist or two in this game.

    Either way, despite it being more of a chore than it needed to be, I am immensely proud of our lads today. The pressure was on us to say the least, and we got through it. Now to win out the PL.

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  17. Am I the only one surprised with Ox winning so many plaudits online for today’s game?

    Sure he got behind the defence alot of times. But a lot of the runs he made were driven by the passes to him, i.e he didn’t seem to be actively making runs and exploiting space like Theo would have done. Sagna was always looking for him, but he always seem a tad slow/static.

    And obviously towards the end, he was a ticking time bomb whenever he got the ball.

    He did well, but I think he could do much better

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    • There was a moment around the hour mark when Arsenal were playing the ball between the back 6. The camera was at a wide angle (probably because there was fuck all going on and the editor was bored) I pointed to the screen and said to my mate, who was complaining about the lack of action, “there is no movement up front, how do you expect Arteta to play the ball to if you want it to go forward”

      Then one player decided to move down the pitch (a run of about 30 meters) into space, receive the ball, play it wide, and then move forward again (back to his original position). The player was Ox, and the action was enough to make a defending team take decisions (do I stay with the runner, or keep position) If you do that enough over the course of a game, mistakes will be made.

      I will always support a player that has the balls/desire to do that sort of thing, even if it does not always come off for him.

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  18. No idea why Kallstrom doesn’t get more game time.

    He looks decent and we need fresh legs desperately so why play Ramsey into the ground? Still, for the time being, in AW I trust. Just.

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  19. I think the second half highlighted something that we should take some note of. When Giroud came on and we had two strikers on the field Wigan could barely cope and we in fact should’ve scored. I think Wenger should give this some thought because all of our rivals do it and I think it could work for us too.

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  20. Not a great performance today but better than some are making out. We’ve had a shite couple of weeks ( city aside) and surely getting through is the main thing. Hopefully have özil/jack/kos back soon so do the business in the final. COYG!!!

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  21. A win is a win. No matter how or by how many, this is a results business and in the end that’s the only thing that matters.
    Proud to be q gooner.

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  22. Anybody noticed how poldi went straight into the tunnel after being taken off? Poldi man i got nothing but love for you, but you need a reality check. You were below par today and when wenger took you off he made the right call.

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  23. I need to find tix for the final. No way I’m sitting through another 90mns of Clive Tedious rambling on how Arsenal are a shit club and never win anything.

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  25. I agree with blogs opinion on Sonogo. I have seen few times now. Although he looks promising he is not ready it. He couldn’t do most the basic things passing, crossing, first touch, second touch, finishing, etc. He missed many chances. It is not entirely his fault. He should have been builded up, maybe by playing few mins in every game and playing some reserve games etc.

    It’s bit surprising to throw him the deep end and accept it play like established striker in such a big thing. It’s Wenger’s fault not to have a serious backup to Giroud.

    Playing a league with one established striker is suicide not bravery.

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  26. I love you Fabianski. Too bad he’s off, on days like today you feel there might not be much between him and Sir Chesney.

    He has to play the final, just because.

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  27. We’re up all night to get some,
    we’re up all night for good fun,
    we’re up all night for kallstrom,
    We’re up all night for fabianski!,

    We’re in the cup final lads stop judging individuals and looking forward to the game! I for one can’t wait!

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  28. Will be interesting to see who plays against west ham which of course is almost as important as today’s game. I would start kallstrom alongside ramsey in the middle with poldi, rosicky and the ox as the forward three behind giroud. Arteta won’t recover in time and I think Santi will struggle to as well.

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  29. 10/10 advancing to Cup Final. But even the most avid among us has to be worried. Every game, regardless of the opponent, seems a struggle. There is no joy, no danger, no belief. Aside from the sublime Fab, our only notable performers were AOC and Gibbs. Rambo clearly still far from match fit. Any win now brings relief, not celebration. Who among us, at 75 minute mark, was not fearing the worst? Arsene stands for everything that is good in the game, but the definition of insanity as “doing the same thing over and over, but expecting a different result,” seems particularly relevant. For all but the most celebrated European clubs, knowing “The Arsenal” is on your fixture list should be a daunting experience, but it does not seem to strike fear in any side right now.

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  30. Was I the only one that thought that Sanogo was probably a 5/10 before Giroud came on and then maybe a 7/10 after? He looked more threatening and held it up better. If you’ve got more happening around you then you’ve got half a chance of making something happen. It gets overlooked as well that he set up the Ox for that scuffed shot that led to the goal. He’s got a lot to learn and he’s raw but let’s not beat him with a shitty stick for no reason. Also, wtf is Roy Keane talking about his “poor goalscoring record” for? My understanding was he was pretty effective in France at a very young age and he’s only played a handful of games here. If you don’t know what you’re talking about Roy then just pipe down. On to Wembley (again) where we’ll no doubt be made to squirm for another couple of hours. Terrifying but exciting! COYG!!

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  31. Good on him to make up for it, but Mert’s tackle for the pen was HORRENDOUS. Must have been missing Kosc and tried to channel him!

    UP THE ARSE

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  32. Can we please stop calling Sanogo raw? He is older then some of our very best player. What he is, is not good enough to be wearing an Arsenal shirt, and unlikely to ever be so.. But its not necceaarily his fault, it damn well is the managers and I can’t help but think earlier changes and we,d have killed this game off in 90 minutes.

    Ki!m Kallstrom now an arsenal legend though – love that!

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    • A man that has a statue outside our stadium was 22 (well 21) when he came to Arsenal. He was also questioned, and took 7 matches (I think) to score his first goal for the club.

      Don’t be too hasty bringing out the hatchets is all I am saying…

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      • like ramsey at the start of last season. lot of people were saying he will never be good enough
        for the Arsenal
        After 6 month people were questioning wenger when he was playing a winger who could barely score as striker. you know the guy who wasnt good enough thierry Henry

        And calliin a guy who play 45mn for us a legend …ffs you lost any credit

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  33. For all of us who are not quite happy that our team gave us a heart attack today, don’t forget that any team can struggle against the tactics that wigan go for in this cup!
    Man they are hard to break down!
    Good job wigan, but a 9 year trophy drought got the better of your tactics :D

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  34. Blogs, poldoskis substitution was not greeted by boos because he was so good, it was the fact that it was him taken off when it was Sanogo killing off ever chance when the ball was pushed forward

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    • Sanogo kept the ball alive for the goal and was causing a lot more problem than Poldi all game… love Poldi as an off the field character, but he doesn’t cover the left enough and we get murdered that side time and again him in.

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  35. Sanogos young and inexperienced. He was in the right place so many times and to be fair could easily have had a brace. Happy with him.

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  36. After the FA Cup final, assuming we win it and Fab is in goal, somebody need to produce the Flappihands banner and torch it in front of the keeper.

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  37. Fabs absolutely deserves the 10 rating, and it’s a shame he’ll be leaving. But it sucks to be a backup keeper when you have this hard-won ability.

    As for Sanogo, well, he’ll probably develop into a fine player some day, but right now he’s too raw to have been trotted out for such an important game. But a win is a win and I’ll go to bed happy tonight,

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  38. Like the End of a long relationship is hard to say goodbye but you know its not working. Nor do you want to see that person with someone else.Thats what it’s like.We know he won’t do what is needed. The stubbornness to play this pretty football is to be commended! But being predictable is not as intelligent as we would expect from le professor! Love him to bits but its becoming an exercise in frustration and at times embarrassing. We need a few bad boys eg Lauren, Viera, Edu ..Its all too nice

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  39. 1) Sanogo – I’ve said it before, Wenger brought him in as a future replacement for Giroud. Considering Giroud is 28 and Sanogo 21, the, next 2-3 seasons should see him develop to assume the more physical approach to the game. where we are missing of course is a more nuanced and pacy striker and that is what Wenger (or whoever) needs to add this summer.

    2) Wenger – considering we have been on his case of lacking a ‘plan B’, we should at least give him some credit for putting on the twin towers in Sanogo and Giroud and adopting Stoke tactics of old…who says he isn’t adaptable? Skin of the teeth stuff. A slender margin between success and complete and utter disaster.

    3) Podolski – I’m not sure if we may not see him moving on in the summer. There’s something odd about the relationship between the gaffer and him. Clearly the public outburst of sentiment by the German hints at some unresolved issues between the two. If he does go, I would not half mind seeing a craft player with pace in Konoplyanka on that left flank for 16m++ (proviso we take care of striker addition of course)

    4) Fabianski – After all the heroics and good performances, he deserves to play in the finals. Looks like Wenger has apeased the situation between the Poles by having Szsc for the league and Fabianski for the cup. Considering those two saves also saved Wenger extreme embarressment, would think the gaffer should connive a way to keep the Pole but it will be difficult to keep two quality players in that position.

    5) BFG. McNulty was prattling on about the even bigger depths we had excavated for ourselves to sink into with the own goal and that we would need an extremely big shovel to dig us out of this one. Well, here’s a big shovel of a german to shut him up. Captain quality.

    6) Be grudging us this hard fought win is the stuff of the utter idiots.

    This team beat City. We beat Liverpool, Spurs and Everton to get to this stage. NERVES were a massive factor. If the fans were feeling it, it should not come as a surprise for the team to feel it as well. not the best perofrmance by us by any stretch of the imagination but those castigating us for a lack of character, well it took nerves of steel to bury those 4 penalties. Giroud, Arteta, Kallstrom, Santi, take your bow.

    7) We could turn the corner with this game. Feel a massive pressure lifted after the whistle. This team is one or two jigsaw pieces away from being complete. Chiefly we need that striker and preferably a wide player with pace/creativity out LW.

    We are far from our fluent cavalier days of old, but that could return very quickly proviso we add up front and of course take care of potential loss of Sagna, vermaelen and Fabianski (not to mention maybe even Poldy). A complicated summer awaits us but for now, the cup and fourth spot please.

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  40. Fucking huge save from Fabianski. The amount of pressure released in a penalty shoot-out by your keeper saving the first spot kick!

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  41. Sanogo may have squandered a few chances, but he was in the right places, and let’s not forget he pulled the ball down and laid it off for Chambo’s ‘Assist’. He had a few nice turns to shoot as well. Definitely something there. Touch will come.

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  42. Sanogo had a bright game. Like blogger said its not his fault the manager decides to give him a trial in the S/F of the oldest competition in one of the biggest clubs in the world.
    His height, speed and deft touch is what we have been missing all season. At least most of his attempts were on target.
    Hope he puts in the extra shift on the training ground, plays regularly and improves our poor goals stat.

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  43. Sanogo greatly impressed. He had the pace and good sense to get into positions Giroud would never dream of. He had the skill to shoot in the 6-yard box when backing the goal. There was another excellent first touch that killed the defender and the following shot was saved by the Wigan GK. His early header was saved only due to great goalkeeping. I would rate him a 9/10. I actually did. We still need a world class striker but Sanogo’s presence may mean we will have two world class strikers next season if he continues his development at same pace. Well played Lad!

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  44. I really wonder if blogs watched this game cos its not as bad as we are making it out to be. I have watched the game again and it was a classic park d bus that even free scoring city found hard to break. 90% of all d positive moves were from arsenal. Yes we lacked a bit of conviction but considering our last results that’s completely expected. Sanogo did his best too. Its been quite a tough season on all of us but this game was only about one thing, winning and we did.

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  45. I must vehemently disagree with your Sanogo rating. According to the “By the Numbers” post, he had 10 shots (with 5 on target) and created 3 chances for his teammates. With a little bit of luck, he could have scored 2 and had 3 assists. Plus, he continued to put the hard yards in all the way to the end of the match. How Giroud gets a 6 for doing very little other than score a penalty, and Sanogo gets a 5 despite working his tail off for 120 minutes is quite baffling. He played his part today and never hid. Ramsey got praised for doing exactly that when he was going through his own rough patch a couple of seasons ago, but in Sanogo’s case, it is completely ignored.

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  46. For those complaining about Sanogo rating:you know you can vote,right? its a free countr…blog! I was impressed with him maybe with more creativty behind him he would have be more efficient

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  47. 0/10 to those who booed Podolski being subbed. FA Cup semi final is not the place to be turning on the team/manager…especially over a player who had been ineffective.

    We’re still rank out of form, but so pleased that we didn’t give up and got through. Was fearing that given this seasons record we might have capitulated.

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  48. From my point of view – and yes I am subjective like everybody else here – Sanogo did a great job in this game. Don’t forget how long he has been injured. Don’t forget where he was playing before. He looks a little bit like he doesn’t know how to touch the ball but he actually had his chances. I am very often not happy about the performance by Giroud, maybe that’s why I rate Sanogo not so harsh. He looks like the guy that was standing in the crowd, singing with the fans and made his way to become a professional but always was the guy that loved Arsenal.

    To all those who are telling that the performance was awful and that we played shit and so on:
    Take a look at City. They lost against Wigan AT HOME. Defensive tactics are always difficult to play against.

    Everybody has his/her opinion and can say what he/she want… but in the end I will still think that we arrived the final and that’s why we could be more happy with the players that played! SO WEMBLEY, SEE YOU AGAIN SOON *COYG

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  49. i agree with blogs Sanogo starting was not a good move and he needs to go out on loan next season and get some games and goals under his belt. Girroud has looked shattered lately and if TGSTEL was not such a muppet he surely would have had a chance to start. I hope for the final we get some good luck with injuries and at least get Ozil back. Westham match is a must win for 4th and we need to get behind the team vocally as the hammers get be loud and mouthy. Fabianski to start for me as he will have the players and crowd behind him after his heroics. Hopefully Kos is close to return. Anyone know about JW and Ozil?

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  50. “I don’t think it’s fair to criticise a player who tries his best but is, ultimately, out of his depth.” I find this assessment absurd considering Ollie Leadboots’ performances for many months now. If he was “out of his depth” yesterday, then how would you describe our model’s haplessness for so long now? Saying Sanogo’s not scored/proved himself is quite silly since he’s got to start somewhere, right? What am I even on about…. Giroud’s had many, many worse games than Sanogo did yesterday.

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